APRIL 2011

COVER STORY
 
BRT Survey: Land Use is Top Hurdle for Projects
By Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor

Funding did run a close second, at 23 percent. Several survey respondents cited difficulties of complying with regulations across multiple municipalities and jurisdictions, including traffic signal priority agreements.



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Features

MCI CEO stresses fundamentals

Along with new owners KPS Partners, Motor Coach Industries (MCI) recently named a new CEO, Rick Heller. METRO Magazine spoke to Heller about his new position, the new outlook at MCI and how it will put behind some of its past issues going forward.



Transit Fleets Come Clean as Alternative-Fuel Technology Comes of Age

Today, the maturation of alternative fuels has made it easier for transit agencies to implement programs than it was for early adopters in the 1990s. Even still, there are many lessons to learn from the early pioneers, including being aware of possible infrastructure and training investments.



Web-Based Telematics Move Beyond Dispensing Data

As telematics technology costs decrease, systems are more accessible than ever. Whether offering maintenance or passenger benefits, often all that's needed is a PC with an Internet connection.



Streetcar Project Gets in Gear

The $196 million, 3.9-mile streetcar system, which is slated to begin construction this year, will connect major activity centers, including the University of Arizona and Downtown Tucson. The project is expected to trigger job development, spur economic growth and encourage transit-oriented development.

Complete Coach Works helps Puerto Rico upgrade transit, economy

Complete Coach Works invested in the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility in Puerto Rico, employing local workers, to rehab 57 buses for the Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) of Puerto Rico.



Motorcoach Operators Balance High and Low-Tech Methods for Marketing

While motorcoach operators are getting more and more comfortable with using the Internet as an effective way of marketing, there is still much to be said about face-to-face interactions. The key may be not losing sight of the community right outside your door even as you expand your online presence.



Seating Options Focus on Seat belts, Convenience and Compartmentalization

The latest upgrades focus on providing two-point and three-point seat belt updates, electronic amenity conveniences and improved passenger-safety designs.

DEPARTMENTS

Utah turns to Twitter to talk fare hikes

Under the fare hike proposal, base fares would gradually increase over three years, with the first going into effect May 1, 2011, if approved by UTA's board.



Princeton arts complex proposal may save historic 'Dinky' train

The university is currently awaiting approval on plans for a new arts complex that could not only save the historic train from being removed, but also increase ridership as well.

Supply side must tap into conservatives' focus on private sector growth

This crop of conservatives simply doesn't believe the federal government has a role in developing the infrastructure we need to stay competitive in the global economy.

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